Former first-round pick Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne are splitting first-team reps this summer for the Jaguars. Neither has had sustained success in the NFL. Scott was projected as a third- or fourth-round pick by NFLDraftScout.com. He's 6 feet 3, 213 pounds with a 4.63 40 but showed enough polish at his pro day in Tucson -- on the heels of an eye-opening session at the Scouting Combine -- that many projected he could be selected even higher. This just in -- it wasn't the year of the quarterback. Only three -- EJ Manuel, Geno Smith and Mike Glennon -- were drafted in the first three rounds. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange
04/29/2013 - Jaguars agree to terms with 23 Rookie Free Agents: The Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to terms with 23 rookie free agents. These 23 players are expected to join the Jaguars' eight drafted players and others for rookie mini-camp beginning Friday, May 3. QB Matt Scott, Arizona - Jaguars.com
04/21/2013 - ROB RANG'S 2013 NFL DRAFT DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH: Is Matt Scott the next Russell Wilson? ... Matt Scott, Arizona, 6-2, 213, 4.63: A year ago I listed Russell Wilson in this space and it is precisely because of the success that he, Robert Griffin III and 2011 second-round pick Colin Kapernick had a season ago that I anticipate Scott contending for a spot within the first 100 picks of the 2013 draft. Like these three young NFL stars, Scott is a dual-threat at the quarterback position and one who demonstrated touch, velocity and accuracy while throwing five times as many touchdowns as interceptions last season. With only one full season as the starter after backing up Nick Foles, Scott is admittedly a work in progress but one I feel has the upside to warrant developing.
Five Other Quarterbacks to Consider: 1. Colby Cameron, Louisiana Tech, 6-2, 212, 4.71 ... 2. Ryan Griffin, Tulane, 6-4, 216, 4.90* ... 3. Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt, 6-2, 202, 4.79* ... 4. Brad Sorensen, Southern Utah, 6-5, 229, 4.93 ... 5. Jeff Tuel, Washington State, 6-3, 218, 4.63 - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/16/2013 - 2013 Arizona Pro Day: Question marks still remain with Scott, specifically about his size. He was measured at 6'2", which is typically undersized for an NFL quarterback. His weight, which has gone up to 212 pounds, is also an injury concern for teams. "I feel like it's kind of irrelevant, but teams look at it as a big question mark when it comes to durability in games," Scott said. "It's pretty big just putting the weight on."
With the success of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson last season- a smaller player in his own right- Scott has a chance to still make a dent in the NFL. UA head coach Rich Rodriguez, who's coached in more than 215 collegiate games, said Scott has one of the strongest arms that he's ever coached or competed against. According to Buckner, that ability was on display at the Pro Day. Buckner said his former quarterback looked better than ever and that his passes were "whistling like a NERF ball."
In Scott's only full season with Arizona he threw for 3620 yards, 27 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and a 60.3 percent completion percentage. He led the Wildcats to an 8-5 record and a Gildan New Mexico Bowl victory over Nevada. With everything put together, Scott has a chance to be a steal in the upcoming draft, Whitfield said. "He's not going to be the front-runner, headline guy," he said. "But, some team is going to have a toast after they get him." - Kyle Johnson, Arizona Daily Wildcat
03/16/2013 - 2013 Arizona Pro Day: Scott spent the past six weeks in San Diego working with famed quarterbacks coach George Whitfield. There, the UA standout improved his footwork and gained some weight. Scott weighed in at 212 pounds Thursday after finishing last season at 195. "Teams have to have confidence that you have enough strength to survive a 16-, 17-, 18-game season," said Whitfield, who watched Thursday's workout. "Even guys that weigh 240 (pounds) are missing games at the NFL level. He had to put on some weight." And the footwork? "You don't really see it until you see the film," Scott said. "It was bad at times."
Scott will fly to Philadelphia on Monday to meet with the Eagles. Philadelphia, San Diego, Arizona, Seattle, Buffalo and Jacksonville have expressed the most interest, Scott said. The quarterback will spend the weeks before the April 25 draft meeting and working out for various teams. Scott hopes the success of dual-threat quarterbacks in the NFL can help him rise up the draft board. "The NFL is a copycat league," Scott said. "If one team is having success with one type of a quarterback, they'll all look for the same type of QB." - Daniel Berk, The Arizona Daily Star
03/16/2013 - 2013 Arizona Pro Day: Former Arizona quarterback Scott impresses at Pro Day...Quarterback Matt Scott took another step toward being drafted Thursday afternoon after throwing at Arizona's Pro Day in front of around 25 NFL scouts. While the Wildcats' signal caller is projected to be a mid-to-late round pick, he continued to impress after a great performance at the NFL combine. And, this time he did it with his arm.
Scott attempted roughly 85 passes Thursday, even with his No. 1 option Dan Buckner limited by a tweaked hamstring, something that's unheard of on a Pro Day, according to George Whitfield Jr., Scott's personal trainer. Quarterbacks usually throw around 60-65 balls, but Arizona's leader last season went well beyond that amount. "When you go past that threshold [of 65 throws], you're really putting yourself out there in front of the world to see," Whitfield said. Scott's ability to continue passing after the usual stopping point showed his stamina, accuracy, and most importantly, his competitive nature, Whitfield added. - Kyle Johnson, Arizona Daily Wildcat
03/16/2013 - 2013 Arizona Pro Day: During the NFL combine, Scott was a workout star. He finished top four among quarterbacks in every event he participated in and finished with the best time for his position during the 3-cone drill. The Corona, Calif., native even set a positional record with a 3.99 20-yard shuttle time. After his combine success, Scott decided to show off his passing this time. With everyone watching at the Pro Day, Scott tried to show off his improving mechanics.
"Everyone was talking about how my footwork was bad and stuff like that," Scott said. "Although you don't really see it until you watch the film, it was pretty bad at times. I feel like that's one thing I've tried to correct over this whole process and I feel like I have."
While Scott still has a ways to go with his footwork, teams are starting to gain interest in Scott. He has a visit to Philadelphia Eagles scheduled on Monday and a workout with them coming later in the month. Scott has also been met with six other teams, most notably the Arizona Cardinals and Jacksonville Jaguars. - Kyle Johnson, Arizona Daily Wildcat
03/08/2013 - 2013 Arizona Pro Day: Representatives from 18 NFL teams gathered at Arizona's pro day, where 12 players worked out. The event was held outdoors and the players ran on natural grass. The entire offensive coaching staff of the Arizona Cardinals was on hand for the workout.
Matt Scott, QB (6-foot-2 5/8, 212 pounds) - Scott only got measured at the pro day, standing by his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine (he was a top performer among his position group in each event he competed in). After just one season in Rich Rodriguez's spread attack, Scott has earned high praise from the veteran coach, who said that Scott is the best quarterback he's had in 23 years of coaching. Scott throws a quick ball, and can heave quality passes without having his hands on the laces. He looked really good in the positional workout. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/07/2013 - 2013 Arizona Pro Day: Quarterback Matt Scott's first post-Pro Day interview will be with the Philadelphia Eagles. Scott, who threw at Arizona's Pro Day on Thursday while letting his impressive combine numbers stand, will meet with the Eagles on Monday. He said the team will work him out in California later this month. Scott would seem to be a good fit with the offense of new Eagles coach Chip Kelly, who offered Scott a scholarship to Oregon after the quarterback already had committed to Arizona.
Scott said other teams expressing the most interest at this point include Arizona, Seattle, Washington, Buffalo, Jacksonville and San Diego. The Jags are an intriguing team because their new quarterbacks coach, Frank Scelfo, was the QBs coach at Arizona for two of Scott's years with the Wildcats. - Anthony Gimino, The Tucson Citizen, The Sports Xchange
03/07/2013 - 2013 Arizona Pro Day: Scott, projected as a middle-round pick by NFLDraftScout.com, seems to be working his way up draft boards. He said he's made the biggest technical strides with his footwork after playing in the full-time shotgun spread of coach Rich Rodriguez. And he's added about 16, 17 pounds after ending last season at a too-light 195 pounds. "It was very important," he said of the weight gain. "Teams just saw a guy who was pretty light and an injury risk. "I feel it's kind of irrelevant, but teams look at that as a big question mark when it comes to durability. It's pretty big, putting that weight on." Scott said he hopes to add a few more pounds before some other workouts. - Anthony Gimino, The Tucson Citizen, The Sports Xchange
03/07/2013 - 2013 Arizona Pro Day: Arizona's Pro Day was closed to the media, but Scott's quarterback coach, George Whitfield Jr., said he attempted 85 passes in front of about 25 scouts. Scott might have thrown more but the top receiver at the workout, Dan Buckner, tweaked a hamstring and did not catch. "I have never seen, let alone heard of, a workout that consisted of 85 throws," Whitfield said. "Usually guys stay in the 60, 65 range. When you go past that threshold, you're putting yourself out there for all the world to see. Now, you're going to show your stamina, your strength, in that extra 20 throws. Can my mechanics hold up? Is my focus there? Is my accuracy going to be consistent enough? "He showed that. So, one, he is competitive enough to go that distance, and two, he went out there and gutted it out after losing his No. 1 guy."
Scott, a dual-threat quarterback, showed his explosiveness at the combine, with a time of 3.99 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle and 6.69 seconds for the three-cone drill, ranking at or near the top of the best marks for quarterbacks in more than 10 years. He ran the 40 in 4.69 seconds. He also caught my eye during the passing session at the combine. - Anthony Gimino, The Tucson Citizen, The Sports Xchange
03/06/2013 - Matt Scott impressed at the NFL Combine a few weeks ago, particularly in a few of the timed agility drills, and he will try to impress scouts again at Arizona's Pro Day on Thursday. He won't be alone, either. Other former Wildcats joining Scott, an All-Pac-12 quarterback for the UA in 2012, include receivers Dan Buckner and Gino Crump, fullback Taimi Tutogi, center Kyle Quinn, kickers John Bonano and Alex Zendejas and more. Of them all, Scott will probably be the only one to hear his name called come April's NFL Draft.
In 2012, Scott passed for 3,620 yards, 27 touchdowns and 14 interceptions and ran for another 506 yards and six scores. At the combine, Scott ran a 4.69 40-yard dash, a combine-best 6.69 second 3-cone drill and an all-time combine record 3.99 second 20-yard shuffle.
If last year's Pro Day proved anything, it's that a solid performance here can help catapult a player into NFL employment. Former Wildcats receiver David Douglas ran a blistering unofficial 4.45 40-yard dash and had a 36.5 inch vertical. He parlayed that into a practice squad spot with the New York Giants and eventually was signed to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster. - Zack Rosenblatt, The Arizona Daily Wildcat
03/01/2013 - 2013 NFL PRO DAY DATES TO REMEMBER: March 7 - Arizona, Clemson...Last season, quarterback Nick Foles used an impressive pro-day performance to help him land in the third round, and Arizona quarterback Matt Scott will look to do the same this year. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/27/2013 - TOP 10 COMPELLING NFL COMBINE STORY LINES: 4. Matt Scott is the QB "sleeper" many scouts like. The former Arizona quarterback, who really only had one season as a full-time starter in college, is intriguing many personnel people and was the name I heard multiple times when I asked who was a sleeper to keep an eye on. Scott's arm is strong. He can really zip throws into tight windows and that impressed people during the week at the East-West Shrine Game. Scott also ran in the 4.6s and was bigger and more physical than many figured he'd be. With the increased QB run game in the NFL, Scott is the mobile QB to watch this offseason in this suspect QB class. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Workout warriors: Although Arizona's Matt Scott likely won't hear his name called until the third day, he is one of the more intriguing developmental quarterback prospects in this draft. Originally thought to be miscast in Rich Rodriguez's read-option offense, Scott impressed not only with his arm but with his legs, rushing for 506 yards in 2012. He is one of the more athletic quarterbacks this class has to offer. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/15/2013 - EAST WEST SHRINE TUESDAY EAST PRACTICE: Even though Arizona's Matt Scott (West) might be the most athletic quarterback at this year's Shrine Game, the East's quarterback trio of Klein, Stanley and Cameron are easily the more mobile unit. All three quarterbacks practiced several read-option plays on Tuesday and flashed the needed athleticism to pick up chunks of yards with their legs. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/05/2013 - A pair of former Arizona Wildcats - quarterback Matt Scott and receiver Dan Buckner - have accepted invitations to play in the East-West Shrine Game. Both players were on rosters released on the game's website Friday. The East-West Shrine Game will be held Jan. 19 in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised by the NFL Network. Scott is Arizona's best draft prospect, a second-team All-Pac-12 quarterback who has an intriguing blend of passing ability, athleticism and upside. - Anthony Gimino, The Tucson Citizen
12/30/2012 - In his first year as Arizona Wildcats' starting quarterback, Matt Scott engineered one of the best offenses in the country. The Wildcats finished third in total yardage and 14th in scoring. Scott's individual numbers were just as impressive. The senior finished with 3,620 yards passing, 27 touchdowns and added 506 yards and six touchdowns rushing. According to Ryan Finley of the Arizona Daily Star, Scott's performance this season has earned him an invite to the NFL Combine in February.
There's still a lot to be determined between now and April's draft, but if Scott were drafted, he would be the second Arizona quarterback in a row to have his named called. Nick Foles was taken by the Philadelphia Eagles in the third round of last year's draft. Foles went on to replace Michael Vick as the team's starter for several weeks when Vick suffered a concussion.
Scott's career with the Wildcats finished in explosive fashion as Arizona came from behind to beat the Nevada Wolf Pack 49-48 in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. Scott passed for 382 yards, three touchdowns and rushed for another score in that game. - Trevor Zickgraf, SB Nation Arizona
12/15/2012 - Matt Scott threw two short touchdown passes in the final 42 seconds and college football's postseason started with a wild one when Arizona rallied past Nevada 49-48 Saturday in the New Mexico Bowl. Arizona (8-5) recovered an onside kick in the final minute, setting up Scott's 2-yard toss to Terrence Miller with 19 seconds left for the winning score. Scott threw for 382 yards and overcame two interceptions. The nation's rushing leader, Ka'Deem Carey, gained 172 yards for the Wildcats.
Cody Fajardo threw for three touchdowns and ran for another score to lead the Wolf Pack (7-6). He had 256 yards passing and 140 yards rushing. Stefphon Jefferson, the nation's second-leading rusher, ran for 180 yards for Nevada. - AP Sports
12/15/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Matt Scott will be trying to bounce back from his worst game as a senior a four-turnover performance (three interceptions and a killer fourth-quarter fumble) in a 41-34 loss to Arizona State. The time between the end of the regular season and the bowl should help him regain his passing rhythm. He struggled through the air in his last two games after suffering a concussion against UCLA, going a combined 31 of 66 for 390 yards against Utah and ASU. He was the second-team All-Pac-12 quarterback. - The Sports Xchange
12/15/2012 - As quarterback Matt Scott said, Arizona has "nobody to blame" for dropping to the bottom of the Pac-12's contracted bowls. The Sun Bowl went for USC, the MAACO Las Vegas Bowl picked Washington (where Arizona really wanted to go) and the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl chose Arizona State. "We didn't set down a particular bowl at the beginning of the year, but we knew we wanted to be somewhere in the postseason," Rodriguez said. "And we get a couple more weeks with our seniors and get to enjoy that part." - The Sports Xchange
11/27/2012 - 2012 ALL-PAC-12 SECOND-TEAM: QB Matt Scott, Sr., Arizona...has been selected Second Team All-Pac-12 for the 2012 college football season. He is UA's first second-team quarterback since Willie Tuitama in 2008. A two-time Manning Award Star of the Week and the Walter Camp Player of the week on Oct. 28, he ranks second in the Pac-12 in total passing yards. Scott has completed 273-of-452 passes attempted for 3,238 yards with just 24 touchdowns. Also one of the nation's top running QBs, Scott has 485 rushing yards on 107 carries and five TDs on the ground. In the OT loss at Stanford, Scott set Arizona and Pac-12 single-game records with his 45 completions and 69 attempts. - Arizona football
10/25/2012 - PAC-12 NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 8: Keep an eye on: QB Matt Scott, 6-3, 196, Arizona: Why you should watch him: Barkley might be the best NFL prospect in the Pac-12, but Scott's probably the most exciting to watch. The dual-threat QB threw for 256 yards, rushed for 43 yards and and totaled five touchdowns -- four pass, one rush -- in the Wildcats' 52-17 rout of Washington. Season stats (six games): 200 of 311, 2,355 yards, 17 touchdowns; 65 carries, 265 yards, 3 touchdowns. Player ranking: Scott is ranked 172nd overall and is the 12th-highest rated QB in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: Speaking of Barkley, Scott will be on the same field as him on Saturday when the Wildcats host the No. 10 Trojans. Barkley and Scott are No. 1 and 2 in the Pac-12 in touchdown passes and No. 1 and 3 in passing yards per game, so basically, you should expect some fireworks on Saturday. - John Breech, CBSSports.com
10/22/2012 - Matt Scott threw for 256 yards and four touchdowns, Ka'Deem Carey ran for 172 yards and Arizona raced out of its bye week with a 52-17 rout over Washington Saturday night. Arizona (4-3, 1-3 Pac-12) went into its bye worn down and beaten up after three straight losses to ranked opponents. Refreshed and mostly recuperated, the Wildcats had their way with Washington's defense from the opening drive, eclipsing 500 total yards (533) for the sixth time this season. Scott finished 14 of 22, throwing two touchdowns to Austin Hill, and ran for another score. Carey scored on a 2-yard run, and Richard Morrison added a 63-yard touchdown on a punt return to give coach Rich Rodriguez his first Pac-12 win. Washington (3-4, 1-3) had no chance against Arizona's fast-paced offense, and quarterback Keith Price had another so-so game in the Huskies' third straight loss. Price matched Scott with 256 yards passing, but his line didn't look quite as good, needing 52 attempts to get there and with two interceptions to offset his one touchdown. Washington played a brutal schedule the first half of the season, facing four teams in the top 11 of the AP poll. - AP Sports
10/10/2012 - PAC-12: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 6: 3. QB Matt Scott, 6-3, 197, Arizona: Why he has the third spot: Scott had a career-day in the Wildcats' 54-48 OT loss to Stanford. The senior QB set the Pac-12 record for completions and pass attempts, going 45 of 69 for 491 yards and three touchdowns against a Cardinal defense that doesn't usually surrender 491 yards to anyone. Scott's 491 yards was the third-highest total in school history. Season stats (six games): 186 for 289, 2,099 yards, 13 TD passes, 7 INTs; 57 carries for 222 yards and 2 TDs. Player ranking: Scott is ranked 172nd overall and is the 12th-highest quarterback in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: Coming off of three straight losses, the Wildcats will get a much needed bye this week. Arizona will return to action on Oct. 20 when it hosts Washington. If the Huskies' pass defense -- ranked second in the Pac-12 -- gives Scott trouble, look for the senior to go to the ground. Scott already has 222 yards rushing and two touchdowns. - John Breech, CBSSports.com
10/08/2012 - Week 6 Rewind: Scott was the beneficiary of good pass protection on both plays, as he had the time to fake the hand-off to Ka'Deem Carey before setting his feet and throwing perfect strikes. On the first touchdown, Scott rolled to his left and drilled the ball into Hill, who'd himself started left and was then crossing back over the middle heading right. It was a difficult throw and one easy to nitpick if Scott's accuracy and arm strength hadn't been up to the task, but they were. Scott demonstrated the same intriguing combination of zip and ball placement on Arizona's next drive, firing a deep ball between Stanford's cornerback and safety playing in a Cover-2 to hit Hill for a 17-yard touchdown. Since 1963 only two Arizona quarterbacks have been drafted, with Nick Foles last April being drafted as part of the seven-round format currently used by the NFL. In Scott, who incidentally leads the Pac-12 in total offense (367.2 all-purpose yards per game) and is currently NFLDraftScout.com's No. 9-rated senior quarterback prospect, the Wildcats appear poised to go two for two. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
10/08/2012 - Week 6 Rewind: The University of Arizona lost a heart-breaker in overtime to Stanford Saturday and quarterback Matt Scott, unfortunately, will remembered more for the tipped pass that led to the interception that ultimately resulted in the Wildcats' loss than the record-breaking performance he'd enjoyed throughout most of the afternoon. Scott, who set a school and conference record with 69 pass attempts, saw his final attempt get tipped and land in the hands of Cardinal outside linebacker Chase Thomas. While the game certainly ended on a sour note for Scott, talent evaluators couldn't help but be impressed with the unique skill-set from the Wildcats' quarterback, who completed 45 of those attempts for 491 yards and three touchdowns in the loss. Scott is leaner than scouts would prefer at 6-2, 198 pounds but demonstrated the toughness, mobility and most importantly the arm talent to reward an NFL team willing to gamble on his upside. Scott was particularly impressive during the third quarter of this contest. He showed off his legitimate NFL arm on a pair of 3rd quarter touchdown passes to wideout Austin Hill to twice give the Wildcats the lead in the back and forth game. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
09/30/2012 - QB Matt Scott, playing with a hip injury from a week before and an ankle injury suffered early in the game, was limited in the run game against Oregon State, but he had an effective night through the air. Scott completed 31 of 53 passes for 403 yards -- all career highs -- and had three touchdown passes.
09/23/2012 - QB Matt Scott struggled through the game at Oregon, perhaps partly the result of a hip injury. His accuracy wasn't up to his standards of the first three games, as he completed 22 of 44 passes for 210 yards with three interceptions and no touchdowns. With his running limited, he gained just nine yards on five attempts.
09/22/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Arizona at Oregon, Sept. 22 -- If nothing else, it has a chance to be the most exciting game of the day, a battle of two read-option offenses that have combined to average about 1,200 yards per game in the early season. Led by QB Matt Scott, the Wildcats have the offensive weapons to get into a shootout -- and win it -- but as was the case vs. Oklahoma State, they will probably need some help in the form of turnovers and other costly mistakes. But just think: With a win, Arizona and Rich Rodriguez become the talk of college football. KEYS TO THE GAME: Keep taking the small gains. After some shaky moments in the opener, Arizona hasn't greatly hurt itself with penalties and turnovers and hasn't gotten bogged down by negative plays. That has helped the Cats to keep churning out the first downs; Arizona is averaging an astounding 36 first downs through three games. QB Matt Scott has done a nice job of reading the defense and taking what is available. The ability to control the ball will be huge vs. Oregon because UA doesn't want to put its defense back on the field vs. the explosive Ducks after a three-and-out. Oregon tends to wear down teams in the second half. Arizona can help prevent that by keeping its defense on the sideline. - The Sports Xchange
09/22/2012 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: QB Matt Scott gives Arizona a chance. He is playing as well as any quarterback in the Pac-12, having quickly picked up the nuances of the read-option offense and having the dual-threat abilities to carry it out successfully. The no-huddle Wildcats have run 280 plays in three games -- the second-most in the country behind Marshall (282) -- and are averaging 604.67 yards per game, the fourth-best mark in the country. This isn't necessarily a big-play offense, but the Cats just keep moving the chains -- an important skill this week in order to keep the Oregon offense off the field. PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Matt Scott -- The senior is off to a brilliant start, completing 71.5 percent of his passes (88 of 123) for 995 yards, with seven touchdowns and one interception. He also has carried 42 times for 190 yards and two scores. With all that responsibility in the read-option offense, he has only one turnover through three games. - The Sports Xchange
09/16/2012 - Matt Scott accounted for 349 total yards and four touchdowns in three quarters, and No. 24 Arizona breezed through its final nonconference game, rolling over South Carolina State 56-0 on Saturday night. Arizona (3-0) did what it was supposed to against a team from the Football Championship Subdivision, racing out to a 28-0 lead by halftime and a school-record 43 first downs overall. Scott threw for 288 yards and three touchdowns on 30-of-36 passing, and added a 10-yard scoring run in another stellar performance to start his senior season. Arizona held South Carolina State (1-2) to 154 total yards for its first shutout in four years and a confidence-building tuneup before heading to No. 4 Oregon next Saturday for its Pac-12 opener. South Carolina State had little chance against Arizona's athleticism, allowing the Wildcats to rack up 689 yards, 2 short of the school record. - AP Sports
09/11/2012 - Top 10 Most surprising stats of the early season: 4: The two Washington schools are No. 104 and No. 111 in scoring? The Huskies and the Cougars each have respected offensive minds calling plays and have experienced QBs as triggermen, but both have had surprisingly sluggish starts. Some of the blame can go to shaky offensive line play and guys adapting to new coaching, but still the Huskies are No. 111 in scoring and only 93rd in passing. With Stanford, Oregon and USC coming up soon, that doesn't sound good. And when was the last time a Mike Leach offense was as low as No. 62 in passing? - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
09/11/2012 - PAC-12: PLAYERS WHOSE NFL DRAFT STOCK IS RISING - WEEK 2: QB Matt Scott, Arizona: If Scott makes it big in the NFL, he'll want to write a nice thank you note to Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez. Scott has thrived running Rodriguez's spread offense. The senior quarterback ranks fifth in the nation in passing yards per game (353.5). In Arizona's 59-38 shootout win over Oklahoma State on Saturday, Scott threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for another touchdown. You can see him next: Saturday, vs. South Carolina State, 10:30 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network). - John Breech, CBSSports.com
09/11/2012 - Top 10 Most surprising stats of the early season: 5: Arizona (2-0) is No. 9 in the country in passing and scoring? In Rich Rodriguez's first season at Michigan, the Wolverines were 59th in rushing, 108th in passing, 109th in offense and only scored 24 or more three times all year. They've done it twice already in the first two games. QB Matt Scott has been terrific in this scheme, as have the rest of the Cats. "We don't have everything down execution-wise -- we can play a lot better," Rodriguez said. "But our guys have bought into it from Day One from as far as the pace and learning some new techniques. They've been sitting up in their chairs as far as seeing what's next." - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
09/09/2012 - QB Matt Scott put together his second consecutive excellent game, completing 28-of-41 passes for 320 yards, with three touchdowns and no interceptions, against Oklahoma State. He is doing enough in the quarterback run game to keep defenses honest, too. He ran 19 times for 55 yards vs. the Cowboys (and that includes four sacks). Scott is tied for second nationally in total offense with 418.0 yards per game.
09/09/2012 - Ka'Deem Carey scored four touchdowns, Matt Scott threw for 320 yards and two scores, and Arizona knocked off No. 18 Oklahoma State 59-38 on Saturday night. Arizona (2-0) fell into a quick 14-0 hole before scoring the next 30 points as Oklahoma State (1-1) unraveled under a shower of yellow flags. The Cowboys had 15 penalties for a school-record 167 yards before settling down enough to rally within two points late in the third quarter. The Wildcats wouldn't let them any closer behind Carey, who ran for 126 yards and scored on two touchdown runs in the fourth quarter to seal an impressive second win under new coach Rich Rodriguez. Oklahoma State's Wes Lunt threw for 436 yards and four touchdowns to Tracy Moore, but also had three interceptions, including one returned 48 yards for a touchdown by Jonathan McKnight in the fourth quarter. Carey ran for 147 yards in his debut as the featured back last week and followed it up by scoring on two 1-yard runs, another from 25 yards and on a 13-yard screen pass. Scott finished 28 of 41 and ran for 55 yards with another score. Oklahoma State opened its first season without stars Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon with an absurdly easy 84-0 win over Savannah State. Arizona had a much tougher start in its first game under Rodriguez, needing overtime to pull out a victory over Toledo at home. That set up a showdown in the desert between familiar foes. - AP Sports
09/08/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Oklahoma State at Arizona, Sept. 8 -- Here is coach Rich Rodriguez's chance to make a huge statement at his new school, although it's a tough task. UA is happy to not have to see QB Brandon Weeden and WR Justin Blackmon anymore, but the Cowboys still have loads of playmakers on both sides of the ball, including RB Joseph Randle. KEYS TO THE GAME: No turnovers. Let's start with that, because UA had three costly giveaways last week, in addition to a myriad of other self-inflicted mistakes vs. Toledo. The Cats can't afford to be giving anything away as it tries to keep pace with the high-scoring Cowboys. Oklahoma State thrives on being aggressive and forcing the other team into mistakes; it led the nation last season with 44 takeaways. PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Matt Scott showed a solid grasp of the read-option offense in his first game in the system, mostly making the right run-pass decisions and never looking flustered. He'll try to follow up on his big day vs. Toledo -- 387 passing yards, 74 rushing yards. - The Sports Xchange
09/02/2012 - Matt Scott scrambled and threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Terrence Miller in overtime to give Arizona a 24-17 victory over Toledo Saturday night in Rich Rodriguez's coaching debut in the desert. Arizona's John Bonano missed a 25-yard field goal as regulation ended after failing on a 24-yard attempt earlier in the game. Scott threw for a career-high 387 yards and rushed for 74 yards. Ka'Deem Carey had 147 yards on 20 carries, including a 73-yard touchdown run. Arizona amassed 624 yards to Toledo's 358 but had two touchdowns called back by penalties, turned the ball over three times and missed the two short field goals. Terrance Owens threw a 59-yard TD pass to Alonzo Russell for the Rockets, who have never beaten a Pac-12 team. - AP Sports
08/07/2012 - MOST IMPORTANT ARIZONA PLAYER: QB Matt Scott - Not only is he the face of the program this season, the Wildcats have no proven depth behind him, so it's critical that he play well and stay healthy. A quarterback in this offense can take plenty of hits, but coach Rich Rodriguez says he might run the ball less with the quarterback this season than he has at previous stops. Scott, who did not take a hit in spring practice, won't be touched in fall camp either as the coaching staff tries to protect a player who has won four of his five career starts. - The Sports Xchange
08/07/2012 - KEYS TO SUCCESS: The presence of fifth-year senior quarterback Matt Scott gives the offense a fighting chance as it transitions from a passing spread attack to the read-option. Scott, who redshirted last season behind Nick Foles, is well-suited to this offense, having run a version of it in high school. He might not be Pat White-quick or Denard Robinson-powerful to name two of Rich Rodriguez's former star pupils but his wheels are plenty good and he's a better passer than either of those two. His experience at UA five previous career starts makes him a respected leader. With an offensive line that returns five starters and a versatile backfield led by Ka'Deem Carey, Daniel Jenkins and Taimi Tutogi, the Wildcats should give some defenses fits this season. - The Sports Xchange
07/27/2012 - The Arizona Wildcats' most valuable offensive player will remain in bubble wrap in fall camp. Senior quarterback Matt Scott, whose skills and experience give new UA Rich Rodriguez a chance to shrink the learning curve in the read-option offense, didn't take a hit in the spring. He won't in preseason camp. He's just too valuable to risk losing to injury before the Sept. 1 opener against Toledo. "Talk about nervous. I'm nervous. I've never done that before," Rodriguez said of going into a season with a quarterback who had not seen live action in practice. "Matt should be our healthiest guy." It would be a different story if Arizona had anybody behind Scott who had played in a college game. But it doesn't, and the first couple of weeks of camp will be a furious battle to see who moves to the front of the queue as the primary backups (more on that below). Scott is itching to go after redshirting last season behind Nick Foles. Rodriguez is grateful for that, saying at Pac-12 Media Day it was the "best decision the (former) coaching staff made," playing the line for laughs rather than as a slam to the former group. But it was a nice gift from coach Mike Stoops, and RichRod is determined to get as much mileage out of it as possible. Slide, Matt, slide! The coaches certainly will instruct Scott to be wise when he keeps the ball on those read-option plays. Looking for an extra yard (or two) isn't as important as avoiding a big hit from a 245-pound linebacker or a punishment-seeking safety. "At the same time, we've got to run our system," Rodriguez said, conceding that Scott might not heed calls to slide anyway. "That's OK," Rodriguez said. "If you run fast enough, they can't hit you." - Anthony Gimino, The Tucson Citizen
07/24/2012 - Andrew Luck has taken his Stanford degree and moved to Indianapolis, but he's not the only Pac-12 quarterback that's no longer around. Arizona's Nick Foles, Arizona State's Brock Osweiler, Oregon's Darron Thomas and Colorado's Tyler Hansen have all moved on, too. And with less than six weeks until the college season kicks off, only Foles has a replacement. Dual-threat QB Matt Scott will run Rodriguez's spread option this season. The fifth-year senior has five career starts under his belt, having started three games in 2009 and two games in 2010. If you want to know how good Scott can be, call up the Arizona athletic department and ask them if you can borrow game film from the Wildcats' 2010 win over UCLA. In the 29-21 win, Scott threw for 319 yards and rushed for 71 more. - John Breech, CBSSports.com
07/17/2012 - Top-five Arizona prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 2. QB Matt Scott...Foles, now a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, is a traditional drop-back quarterback who relied on his ability to read defenses and fit the ball into tight windows. He offered little in terms of mobility and was no real threat to defenses to scramble. Scott, on the other hand, is very athletic and has enjoyed his greatest success when rolling out and forcing defenders to account for his legs (632 rushing yards, one touchdown over his career) while also possessing the arm strength and touch to scorch them if they lose coverage responsibilities. In a conference that is perenially loaded with productive quarterbacks, Scott could wind up posting dazzling statistics this season. He plays second-fiddle on this preview of Arizona's prospective talent for the 2013 draft considering that he has only completed 114 passes (64.7%) for six touchdowns and five interceptions over his career, but there is no doubt he's one to watch. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
07/17/2012 - Top-five Arizona prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 2. QB Matt Scott...Foles was the first quarterback in the history of Arizona Wildcats football to be drafted into the NFL. Though Scott is entering his senior season with just five career starts, he possesses the physical skill-set to star in Rodriguez's spread-option offense and perhaps earn NFL consideration of his own. Each competed for the opportunity to start following Willie Tuitama's career with the Wildcats with Scott actually winning the job to open the 2009 season. He started the first three games, engineering wins against Central Michigan and Northern Arizona but struggled against Iowa and Foles took over as the starter. For the next year and a half, Foles was the Wildcats' quarterback, though Scott did replace him for two games in 2010 when Foles went down with a knee sprain (Washington, UCLA). The two quarterbacks couldn't be much different. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com